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Once A Decade Muong Nong Tektite Article

Once A Decade Muong Nong Tektite Article

Spent a week making slices of Muong Nong Layered Tektite that were thin enough to see through easily. I do this every decade or so. It is hard work and time consuming. They can break easily if I am not careful since they are glass and only .020 -.030 inches thick. They are quite fragile. […]

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“I Just Know It Is A Meteorite”

“I Just Know It Is A Meteorite”

For once I have used the springtime for Spring Cleaning. Over the last couple years I have been doing project after project non stop in the garage and it was really getting out of control. I had reduced my available work space down to the corner of one work table. So after two weeks of […]

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Tucson Gem and Mineral Show 2015

Tucson Gem and Mineral Show 2015

Edwin ET Thompson’s room was sort of ground zero for this year’s show. What fun we had sitting there listening to his stories and telling stories of our own. Of course we told no lies. ET has worked hard all year on a science fiction book titled EarthUnder. It is truly a breath of fresh […]

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Meteorite Imaging

Meteorite Imaging

One of the wonderful things that the Internet has brought to us is the vast amount of images available on every topic. For meteorites many different issues can create challenges for getting images done well. Even as I write this I realize that I will not be able to show the images in this article […]

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Meteorite Hunters vs The Weather

Meteorite Hunters vs The Weather

In my last article I mentioned that I might try to get in a trip meteorite hunting in the autumn. Well, this article begins when I got an email from my friend Richard Garcia that a trip meteorite hunting was being put together and would I like to go. Not too tough a question, but […]

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The Meteorites of Summer

The Meteorites of Summer

Summer 2014 is just about gone. I did not do any meteorite hunting yet this year. Astrophotography has been taking up most of my out of town time. But, I might try really hard to get one trip in to hunt in the fall if I can tear myself away from the scope and camera. […]

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Edeowie Glass Revisited

Edeowie Glass Revisited

I do not usually watch the programs on television about alien from the past that have landed on Earth. But I was changing channels recently and found myself at one of those programs. After just a few minutes I had heard several wrong statements and enough bad conclusions drawn from unrelated facts to last me […]

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My New Meteorite Saw

My New Meteorite Saw

I have had a great adventure the last couple weeks. My old diamond saw that I made about 30 years ago final died and I needed a new one. There is nothing on the market to go out and buy that will do what I want from a diamond saw. So I took a week […]

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The 2014 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show Report

The 2014 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show Report

Well another Tucson Gem and Mineral Show has come and gone. And I will not make you wait until the end for what I thought about this one. I think we did more good work as a business and had more fun and spent more great time with friends then ever before. I had a […]

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The UCLA Meteorite Gallery

The UCLA Meteorite Gallery

I got an email that there was to be a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony at UCLA for the new Meteorite Gallery. It was taking place the next day. So I got my camera out and charged a couple batteries and put about 50 gigabytes of SD cards in the camera bag and […]

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Shooting Stars Has a Different Meaning This Year

Shooting Stars Has a Different Meaning This Year

Well, it would just seem wrong to report on vacation without something about meteorites. But, the fact of the matter is we did nothing meteorite related on vacation this year. We are so busy with meteorites the rest of the time that we have taken a big break from them for our autumn trips. I […]

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Meteorite Hunting and Astronomy Time Again

Meteorite Hunting and Astronomy Time Again

California Meteorite Club Gathering As I write this it has been a week since the gathering of the California Meteorite Club down at Escondido. It was a great party. Sort of similar to what Paul and I did years ago. But, this had a much larger group of attendees and was an opportunity to personally […]

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Meteorites at Lick Observatory

Meteorites at Lick Observatory

My wife and I took a road trip recently up to Santa Cruz to see our daughter and granddaughter. We called her and said we were about twenty minutes from the hotel and she could head that way to meet us. She was picking us up as soon as we could check in and taking […]

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Meteorite Vacation 2012 Part Three

Meteorite Vacation 2012 Part Three

With our new bimonthly schedule for magazine releases it is hard to believe that the final part of last year’s vacation is just now being put out to readers. Still excited about our success at Holbrook we had one more day at Meteor Crater and it was finally time to run up the road and […]

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2013 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show

2013 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show

This was quite an amazing year at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. We had gone with plans to get a big supply of meteorites for the next year and to have some fun. But, we had way more fun and found some really spectacular material. Our schedule was back to the regular week with […]

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